One of the most exciting times during a pregnancy is finding out the gender of the baby.
Determining the sex of a baby is typically done through medical methods such as ultrasound or genetic testing. However, there are various old wives’ tales and cultural beliefs that suggest unconventional ways to predict the gender of a baby. It’s important to note that these methods have no scientific basis and are purely for entertainment purposes. Here are a few examples of weird ways some people believe can determine the sex of a baby:
Highs and Lows
This one you can do just by looking south: if you’re carrying high, break out the pink. If your bump is low, you’re carrying a boy.
Some believe that specific food cravings can indicate the gender of the baby. For instance, craving sweet foods is said to be associated with girls, while salty or savory cravings are linked to boys. However, cravings during pregnancy are influenced by hormonal changes and individual preferences, rather than the baby’s gender.
Sweet and Sour
Craving ice cream every single day? Some people believe this means it’s a girl. If you have to have salty or sour stuff, then it’s a boy.
According to some beliefs, experiencing acne breakouts during pregnancy is said to be a sign of carrying a girl, while clear skin suggests a boy. However, hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect the skin, and acne or clear skin can occur regardless of the baby’s gender.
Chinese Birth Chart
This ancient method uses your age at conception and the month you did the deed to determine gender. Try it here!
In some cultures, dreams about specific animals, objects, or symbols are thought to indicate the gender of the baby. For example, dreaming about snakes or frogs is believed to represent a boy, while dreaming about flowers or jewelry suggests a girl. However, dreams are highly subjective and can be influenced by various factors unrelated to the baby’s gender.
This one’s a little out there. Pee in a cup (you’ve been doing it at all your prenatal appointments anyway, haven’t you?), mix a tablespoon of Drano in, and watch to see if it changes color. Green = girl, and blue = boy.
Unlocking the Mystery
This is one for a friend to try. Place a key in front of your preggo friend and ask her to pick it up. If she grabs it by the narrow part, she’s in for sugar and spice and all that. If she picks it up by the round part, it’s snips and snails.
Nice Ring to It
Pop off your wedding ring—if you still can!—and tie it to a string. Hang it over your belly. If it swings in a circle, a little guy’s in your future. If it goes back and forth, you’ve got a girl.
If you’re breaking out like crazy, blame it on your girl babe. The belief goes that girls steal their mother’s beauty, hence, those annoying zits.
Remember, these methods are not scientifically proven and should be taken with a grain of salt. If you want to know the sex of your baby accurately, it’s best to consult with your healthcare provider or opt for medical tests like ultrasound or genetic testing.